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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Imperfect Caminiti still terribly missed

They found Ken Caminiti 10 years ago this week, found him in a boarded-up, rat-infested hellhole in the decayed Hunts Point section of the Bronx, found him dead at 41, found him dead from a drug overdose, found him after he got busted by Houston cops a month earlier in Houston, found a legend finally put to God-awful rest by his demons.

I think about the former Padres third baseman every once in a while. Because I really liked him. Among all the athletes I’ve dealt with in my 43 years in this newspaper dodge, Cammy, much like the late Chuck Muncie, who fought similar malignant spirits, was among my favorites.

For guys like me, and those who loved him, he is missed.

Maybe because he was straight-up. There was something mischievous beneath that twinkle in his blue eyes. He was a matinee idol, a motorcycle mechanic by avocation, who parked his bike in the clubhouse. A father.

Ken had admitted he was an alcoholic, and heaven knows what else, long before his death, a mysterious demise only because of where it took place. There is an eternal unexplained reason as to what the hell he was doing in that New York cesspool on Oct. 10, 2004.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, ken caminiti, padres

Friday, July 11, 2014

Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto arrested Wednesday on marijuana possession charge


Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night in Grapevine on a marijuana possession charge.

Soto, 31, was pulled over for speeding around 10 p.m. in the 3500 block of Ira E. Woods Avenue, said Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling.

He has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under 2 ounces. Eberling said Soto was cooperative during the arrest.

Soto is free on a $500 bail. The Tarrant County district attorney’s office filed his charges Friday. Soto has not selected a defense attorney.

Texas Rangers officials declined to comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the situation,” team spokesman John Blake said.

Soto has been recovering from knee surgery and remains on the team’s disabled list.

Maybe it was medicinal?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, geovany soto, marijuana, rangers

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sources: Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games after positive drug test

Former Yankees and Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves was suspended 50 games after a drug test came back positive for a so-called drug of abuse, major league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Juicer.  I had always hoped he was just naturally that insane but it turns out he had some help.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 03, 2014 at 02:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, red sox, suspensions, yankees

Friday, June 20, 2014

As a Clinton staffer, Rahm Emanuel wanted to go after Daryl Strawberry for drugs

Typical spiteful Cubs fan.

The baseball part is his advice about how the Clinton White House should nose itself into baseball and drugs. Not steroids — no one cared about that yet — but about players abusing recreational drugs. Specifically, Daryl Strawberry:

In one 1995 memo, Emanuel even suggested that the president jump into the fray over New York Yankees star Darryl Strawberry testing positive for drugs. He called for Clinton’s drug czar, Lee Brown, to meet with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and demand that Strawberry perform community service.

Brown publicly stated that the Yankees “have struck out by signing Darryl Strawberry.” But Steinbrenner said Strawberry was “worth saving” and he played for the Yankees for four years.

Pro tip: if George Steinbrenner comes off as the most reasonable guy in your interaction, you got some serious problems.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bill clinton, daryl strawberry, drugs, mets, politics, rahm emmanuel

 

 

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